Description: “This is a classic, American-style pale ale that displays all of the complex bitterness and aroma from the hops of the Yakima Valley in Washington state. By using a top fermenting ale yeast strain, we bring out the floral and herbal flavor profiles. A clean, malty body is developed from the pale and light caramel malt." — Kirkland Signature (Costco)
Random thoughts: I wrote to Costco to get more information about Kirkland Signature Handcrafted Beer, but their policy prohibits interviews or responses to these types of requests, so they respectfully declined my request.
The tasting: Color is golden orange. It has a white head that dissipates very quickly. It appears to be very carbonated as I see lots of effervescence. I can smell some malts and it has an aroma similar to a pilsner lager. Bitterness is the first thing I noticed after tasting—and it totally overpowers the malts. The bitterness isn't pleasant and leaves a lingering aftertaste. I'm really curious about what variety of hops were used, as the IBU rating of 35 is relatively low. After it warmed up, the bitterness was even more pronounced. Body is very light and when combined with the carbonation, it reminds me very much of a pilsner lager.
Rating: 2 star. Drinkable—but not sure I really want to. The particular bitterness in Pale Ale was too much for my personal taste. However, you should consider that Pale Ale comes in a case with three other varieties. So, while Pale Ale didn't work for me, Costco's mixed case is a low-risk way to sample several varieties of craft beer. I expect you're likely to find something that you'd enjoy.